We’re no strangers to horror remakes here on Film Street. Every month it seems another iconic Horror franchise is being brought back from the dead. But for every successful horror revival, there’s a veritable graveyard of projects that never see the light of day. But when the moon is full and the stars are aligned, we can sometimes catch glimpses of these films that never were and never shall be. Thanks to artist Alex Horley, we’ve gotten just such a glimpse at Rob Zombie’s ill-fated remake of The Blob (1958).
Back in the halcyon days of 2009, Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects) was attached to a prospective remake of The Blob. Starring a young Steve McQueen, Irvin Yeaworth’s 1958 creature feature followed an amorphous mass of gelatinous alien goop. The Blob terrorized the small town of Downingtown, PA after being brought to Earth by a crashed meteor. The monstrous pink slime grew by absorbing living creatures into itself, devouring human and animal alike.
Zombie’s take on The Blob would have been a radical departure. “That gigantic, Jell-O-looking thing” Zombie said in an interview with Variety, “might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now. I have a totally different take, one that’s pretty dark.” As we can see in this newly unveiled concept art, Zombie’s Blob would have featured deformed blob mutants as well as a titanic Monolith. But in the wake of backlash to Halloween and Halloween 2, the project was not to be. As Zombie said in an interview
“The two Halloween movies were more give and take, and I had enough bloody battles to get my way that by the time I got it, I didn’t care anymore. I wanted to break away from anything related to preexisting material. The remake train is getting pretty tired now and when I made Halloween, everybody complained, either that it was too much like the original or too different. I like that people either love or hate what I do because it’s better than being in the middle, which means forgettable. But when you do an original premise, they take it on face value and after three years of not being able to win on Halloween, I just couldn’t go through that again.”
While we never got see Zombie’s version of The Blob that ate everything, he did go on direct the acclaimed Lords of Salem, so it pans out. We’ll always have this fantastic concept art though, and sometimes that’s all you need.